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Understanding Website Design

Website design can be a confusing thing to consider when you have never had to deal with it before.  Fox Development has a standard website design process that we follow that has proven to lead to a successful and expedient delivery of websites to our customers.

Getting Started

The first part of the web design process is an interview.  We will come out to meet you and interview you about your business, its goals and what you think you would like your website to do for you.  The interview process is a vital opportunity for us to get to know your business and to understand your goals for the website.  After the interview we begin to construct a plan for you as well as a rough timeline for the project.  During the interview we will also ask you about resources that you already have available, existing product images and information, brochures, literature, anything that will help us create a good image for your company.  This is the engineering stage.

After a plan is constructed we will consult with you to make sure you understand what will be going on and how we plan to create your solution.  You will be provided with a detailed proposal to consider and to make any changes to that you feel are necessary. 

Design And Layout

After all the plans have been laid for your site we begin creating the layout and design features of your website.  This can be considered the shell for the site that all of your content will be placed inside.  During this stage the layout will be submitted to you for your review and approval, any necessary changes to the design will be made before the design is considered finalized.

Programming

Some websites do not really require this step.  A basic website is mostly completed during the design and layout process.  Websites that require a shopping cart or other eCommerce features will go through the programming process.  During this phase all of the intelligence and back end features of your website are created according to the plans laid out in the engineering stage.  Programming is the longest and most difficult part of the web design process but once it is completed the site is ready for testing.

Testing The Website

After the programming stage has been completed we run internal tests of the website.  If we locate any bugs during our internal tests we make corrections and then turn the site over to the customer to test.  During testing every feature of the site is used as it would be by people who visit the site.  The website is viewed in both Internet Explorer and Firefox to make sure that it displays properly in the most common web browsers.  If the customer discovers a bug that we missed during our internal tests the bugs are fixed and the site is submitted to the customer for a final test.  After all testing has been completed we will provide the customer with training on how to operate any of the site's features.

Going Live

After the website has been thoroughly tested the next step in the web design process is to go live.  The site will be uploaded to a web server where it can be accessed by people from all over the world on the Internet.  We monitor the website closely for several days to make sure that it is operating as it should.  A meeting is scheduled two weeks after the site has gone live to go over the launch and make sure that everything has gone off without a hitch.

The entire web design process usually takes 30 to 45 days from start to finish.  Simple web sites that do not contain any eCommerce features can be deployed much faster.